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Little Girls Lost by Jack Kerley
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Oct 30, 2011

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Read from October 17 to 18, 2011

This is my second foray into the world of Carson Ryder and Harry Nautilus and a
murky macabre world it is. In Little Girls Lost they are on the trail of an abductor of little black girls. It’s set in Carson and Harry’s familiar world of Mobile, Alabama as the
unsolved abductions begin to stir up political and public unrest and the police are baffled. One victim is taken from her own bedroom and it’s almost as if they’d being taken to order. Commodities to be sold to the highest bidder selected from a website of images.
However Harry is out of action as he’s confined to hospital and so Carson has to join forces with a dubious ex-cop, Connor Sandhill. Once legendary for his crime solving,
he left the police force under a cloud and reinvented himself as the Gumbo King. When one of the missing girls is found in a burning building it’s Sandhill who detects that she
was killed elsewhere and the arson was an attempt to destroy forensic evidence. Then
another little girl vanishes, Jacy, who is the child of a family friend but when Sandhill finds out that she may be more than the child of a friend it becomes personal.
Set against shady local politics, backhanders and a newly elected female mayor trying to do the right thing, it’s a deftly plotted, fast paced read. Dubious characters and shady preachers crawl out of the woodwork and Sandhill himself is seen as one of them and Ryder is warned not to involve him in the investigation. But Ryder persists and he and Sandhill are soon embroiled in double crossing cops and devious school photographers.
However this is the second Ryder and Nautilus book in which the latter is out of the action and I wondered why.
Sandhill is a flamboyant character who is determined to find Jacy alive. A real page turner and, as the old cliché goes, I couldn’t put it down. It was an all too convincing plot with a disturbing and frightening central element. Everyone seemed to have their own agenda on the abductions and that was well portrayed.
I really liked Sandhill and his gaudy outfits and hats and hope to meet him in another Ryder and Nautilus thriller.

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